Pharmacy Diversion Awareness Conference
August 23 & 24, 2014; Salt Lake City Marriott Downtown at City Creek; Salt Lake City, Utah
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) held a Pharmacy Diversion Awareness Conference (PDAC) on August 23rd & 24th, 2014 in Salt Lake City, Utah. This was a one-day conference, repeated on the second day, for the convenience of the pharmacy community. The conference was developed and designed to address the growing problem of diversion of pharmaceutical controlled substances throughout the United States. In addition to pharmacy robberies and thefts, pharmaceutical controlled substances are often diverted by way of forged prescriptions, doctor shoppers, or illegitimate prescriptions from rogue practitioners. The objective of this conference was to educate pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and pharmacy loss prevention personnel on ways to address and respond to potential diversion activity.
Over 350 pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, loss prevention personnel, and pharmaceutical students attended. The conference attendees received approximately seven hours of instruction on a variety of topics. The presentations included: Drug Trends, Drugs, Drugs and More Drugs, Overview of New Utah Pharmacy Laws and Regulations, CMEA Requirements for Retail Distributors, and Diversion Issues.
Select presentations from the Salt Lake City PDAC, as well as a link to the Pharmacy Robbery & Burglary brochure, are below.
Drugs, Drugs, and More Drugs – William T. Winsley, National Association of Boards of Pharmacy Representative
Drugs Trends – Joseph T. Rannazzisi, Deputy Assistant Administrator, Office of Diversion Control, DEA
Medicare Pharmaceutical Diversion – Shimon Richmond, Assistant Special Agent in Charge, OIG/Health and Human Services
Patrol Robbery Response – Michael Ross, Lieutenant, Salt Lake City Police Department
Drug Theft Prevention – Cathy Gallagher, Section Chief, Liaison and Policy Section/DEA Office of Diversion Control